Crane arm blamed for highway accident

Ann Knef Apr. 17, 2007, 11:00am

A St. Clair County personal injury suit claims Plocher Construction Co. allowed the arm of a crane to be positioned over the top of a highway overpass causing a collision with a vehicle traveling on Interstate 255 below.

William and Selma Watson filed suit April 11 claiming severe injuries from an impact that occurred on the highway May 14, 2005, near Centreville.

The suit claims the crane was negligently parked in a construction zone above the highway, impeding the roadway below. It also claims the defendant was negligent for failing to equip the crane with lights to give travelers a warning.

William Watson was operating a vehicle owned by Indian River Transport at the time of the incident.

Represented by Chris Kolker of Belleville, the Watsons are seeking in excess of $100,000 in damages.

They have named Korte-Plocher Construction Co., Korte-Plocher Equipment Co., Korte-Plocher, Inc. and Korte-Plocher Management as respondents in discovery.

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